Mike Tildesley obtained a BA (Hons) in Mathematics from the University of Cambridge. He went on to study for a Ph.D. in Astrophysical Fluid Dynamics at the University of Cambridge. Upon completion of his Ph.D. in 2003, he changed disciplines and moved to the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Warwick to work with Professor Matt Keeling on livestock infectious disease modelling. His main area of research was to devise optimal control strategies for outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), utilising data from the recent 2001 FMD outbreak.
In 2008, he moved to the Institute for Immunity and Infection at the University of Edinburgh as a research fellow where he worked on modelling the immune response of E. coli O157 infected cattle, before taking up a position as an Assistant Professor in the Complexity Centre at the University of Warwick in 2011. Mike joined the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham in 2014.
Mike is currently the principal investigator on two multi-institute grants that are focused upon the development of models to predict the potential for spread of future outbreaks of FMD in the UK and the USA and a further grant that is focused upon analysis of the avian influenza H5N1 outbreaks in Thailand, China and Bangladesh.